Trump to consider closing some US mosques

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to consider closing certain mosques with radical leadership after Paris attacks

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US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 16, 2015

Billionaire US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Monday that he would strongly consider closing down certain mosques related to radical leadership due to the deadly Paris attacks which left at least 129 people dead and more than 350 others injured on Friday.

"I would hate to do it, but it's something that you're going to have to strongly consider," Trump told MSNBC on Monday.

"You're going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on in the mosques," Trump said.

He stated that the government should take measures and controls in and around mosques, and added that Americans must revaluate their civil rights in reaction to the increasing threats of DAESH.

"We have to be much tougher," he said. "We are going to have to give up certain privileges that we've always had."

Also, during a speech to his supporters at Knoxville Convention Centre in Tennessee, he clarified that “Nobody knew this kind of terrorism before. But I felt it. And you have to have somebody that has an instinct to lead this country."

"They've got to be stopped," he said and added that "they should have been stopped a long time ago."

Trump addressed the New York Police Department's Demographics Unit which was spying on some Muslims and mosques around NYC, with the help of the CIA. They gained information with secret agents on Muslim’s daily lives, such as where they prayed, lived, worked and studied.

But the New York Police Department, under Mayor Bill de Blasio, said that it had given up in April 2014 after complaints and lawsuit that were brought against the programme.

Meanwhile, Trump accused President Barack Obama over the Syrian policy and underlined that "When you're weak and ineffective, bad stuff does happen."

Trump opposes to receiving Syrian refugees in the US and also promises to send back refugees who would be accepted into the county during Obama’s presidency.

He called for establishing "a big, beautiful safe zone" in Syria to keep refugees in safety in their region.

“Take a big swatch of land, which believe me, you get for the right price," he said.

On this issue, Turkey has consistently defended a safe zone plan which would be cleared of DAESH by Turkey and US-led coalition forces with operations against the group and it would protect displaced civilians and decreases refugee flow into other countries.

However, US President Obama has not agreed on the plan.

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